I am asking my boys what they "need", to try to understand what they are thinking/feeling. It is hard for them to articulate because they are young, speaking in their second language & also because they are still learning whether or not I am "safe". Today Luke was able to tell me he wanted Dad to come. John - you are loved & missed - even by your son who hasn't met you yet! Sweet! Nathan was upset about something & went off to a corner to cry. I was able to figure out what was wrong (with Luke's help), take action, and fix the problem. These are every day events for some families but for us they are big steps in building trust, letting my boys see that I will respond to their needs.
Mark has made friends with two little American girls whose parents are working in Ghana for a year. He really wants to go play at their house but it is difficult to arrange. I have no car. There are no street signs in Accra so it is hard to give or get directions. Little things we take for granted in USA are complicated.
Tomorrow is Friday. This is a long weekend in Ghana. If I do not hear from the Embassy tomorrow I doubt I will be able to bring Luke & Nathan home to our place here in Accra until next week. There is a no visitors policy at the orphanage on weekends, so I will not be able to see them for 2-3 days. Very, very difficult. I am trying to focus on the time I have left to spend with just Mark & to prepare him for what it will be like when they move here with us. I'm fighting off discouragement & restlessness.
I know God has got it all under control.